If you own a cute mechanical keyboard, you may be wondering how to replace the switches on it. Switches are the components in a keyboard that control how the keys feel when pressed and how loud they sound. Replacing them can be a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and tools, anyone can do it. In this blog post, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions on how to replace switches on a mechanical keyboard.
Identify Your Switch Type
If you want to replace the switches on your cute mechanical keyboard, you first need to identify what type of switch it uses. Different keyboards use different switches, so it’s important to figure out which type you need before you buy replacements. Most mechanical keyboards come with either Cherry MX switches or Kailh switches, but there are other types available as well. To find out what type your keyboard uses, check the labeling on the back of the keyboard or look at the bottom of each key switch to identify the brand. Once you know which type of switch you need, you can move onto the next step. You’ll need some tools for this part – a small screwdriver and tweezers should do the job. Begin by popping off any keycaps that may be obstructing access to the switches. Now unscrew the screws located around the edges of the cute mechanical keyboard’s plate and carefully remove it. You should now be able to see all the switches underneath – carefully lift them out using your tweezers and place them aside. Once you’ve removed all the old switches, it’s time to install the new ones. Before installing them, make sure they line up with their respective holes in the plate – if not, gently push them into place using your tweezers. Then carefully place them into their holes and press down until they snap into place. Finally, screw the plate back in and put the keycaps back on and you should have a functional keyboard once again!
Find A Compatible Switch
When looking for a compatible switch to replace the ones in your cute mechanical keyboard, you will want to make sure that the switch type matches what is already installed in your keyboard. If your keyboard came with MX switches, then you’ll want to find an MX switch to replace it. To determine what type of switch your keyboard uses, check the manufacturer’s website or look up your specific keyboard model online.
Once you know what type of switch you need, you’ll want to consider a few other factors. Do you want a switch with a linear or tactile response? Do you want a switch with a low, medium, or high actuation force? Do you prefer a specific color? All of these factors will help you narrow down the selection so that you can find the best switch for your needs.
When selecting switches, be sure to research the quality and reliability of the products offered by different brands. It’s important to find a switch that is durable and can withstand the wear and tear of daily use. Once you have found a switch that meets your requirements and preferences, you are ready to move on to the next step of replacing the switches in your cute mechanical keyboard!
Remove The Old Switch
Before removing the old switch, you’ll need to open up the keyboard case to gain access. To do this, you’ll need to unscrew and remove the screws at the back of the keyboard, usually in a line along the bottom edge. Once you’ve removed all of the screws, you can slide off the top cover to reveal your cute mechanical keyboard.
To begin removing the old switch, use a small screwdriver to unclip the four legs of the switch from the circuit board. This can be tricky, so take your time and be gentle. Once the switch is free, you can use tweezers to carefully lift it out. Be careful not to drop or damage any of the tiny parts inside! Once you’ve removed the old switch, you’re ready to install the new one.
Install The New Switch
Installing a new switch on your cute mechanical keyboard is the last step in replacing switches. Start by making sure that the switch is facing the right way. The switch should sit flat against the plate and the pins should be aligned with the holes on the PCB. Once the switch is in place, use pliers to press down on the stem of the switch until it is flush with the plate. If your keyboard supports hot-swapping, you may be able to skip this step.
Next, use a small screwdriver or tweezers to carefully push the pins into the PCB. Make sure not to bend the pins too much as this could cause damage to the circuit board. You can use a little bit of solder to help keep the pins in place if necessary. After the pins are secured, you can now test your new switch by pressing it down and verifying that it works correctly.
Congratulations! You have now successfully replaced a switch on your cute mechanical keyboard. Enjoy your new keys! To get the most out of your cute mechanical keyboard, remember to clean it regularly. Wipe off the keycaps using a damp cloth and alcohol to remove any dust and residue buildup. Furthermore, use compressed air or an electronic vacuum to get rid of dirt from hard-to-reach areas such as between the keys. To prevent unnecessary wear and tear, also make sure to never drag your fingers over the keys when typing. Additionally, look for lubricants designed for keyboards to ensure smooth keystrokes. Finally, don’t forget to check for broken switches periodically so that they can be fixed or replaced immediately. Taking care of your cute mechanical keyboard properly will ensure many years of dependable performance.